Jacelyn Lazore, Isaiah Cree and Mirabella Lazore receiving the Tewaaraton Native American Scholarships, presented by US Lacrosse, last night in Washington, D.C.

Isaiah Cree, Jacelyn Lazore and Mirabella Lazore were elected by the Tewaaraton Foundation as the 2019 recipients of the Tewaaraton Native American Scholarships, presented by US Lacrosse. They were honored during the Tewaaraton Awards ceremony last night in Washington, D.C. at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian.

Awarded to one male and one female student each year, the scholarships honors high school students of Haudenosaunee / Iroquois heritage who exemplify high character, leadership and academics, both on and off the lacrosse field. US Lacrosse has been the proud presenting sponsor of the award since 2011.

Jacelyn and Mirabella Lazore are sisters who hail from the Akwesasne Mohawk Reservation in Upstate New York where they are members of the Wolf Clan. The sisters currently attend IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., and share this year's female scholarship, which is worth $10,000 over two years. Mirabella, the younger of the two, will attend Dartmouth College in the fall. According to Mirabella, lacrosse has been, and will continue to be her guide on the field, in the classroom and in the pursuit of a career. Mirabella has a self-described "strong unapologetic identity" that helps her to stand up for Native America rights and for young Native girls.

Jacelyn will attend Virginia Tech in the fall. She intends to pursue her lacrosse career in college, but also plans to enter a pre-med program so she can study to become an orthodontist. Jacelyn strongly believes that lacrosse has taught her life-changing lessons and tools that will help her lead a successful life.

Cree is also a member of the Wolf Clan who draws his roots to Akwesasne. Although originally from Upstate New York, Cree was inspired by his grandfather to leave home his junior year to attend Sierra Canyon High School near Los Angeles. He has placed great emphasis on public service in his home community, having served as an academic tutor and most recently, as a camp counselor for the St. Regis Mohawk School's Johnson O'Malley summer camp program in 2018. Cree hopes to continue to give back to his community and hopes to someday be an ESPN broadcaster that can be a positive role model for Native American youth. After graduating from Sierra Canyon, he looks forward to attending and playing lacrosse at McGill University in the fall.

More information on the Tewaaraton Award and previous scholarship winners can be found at www.Tewaaraton.com.